Guides honour Bone's 50 years' service

Girl guides past and present celebrate

The Girl Guides of Canada were founded 100 years ago, and Lillooet woman Christine Bone has been involved in the movement for 50 of them.

On Tuesday, the Guides honoured Bone for her long service at a tea at St. Andrew's United Church. The tea was open to former girl guides and the public in general.

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Visitors were invited to look over albums filled with photos from the girl guides' many activities and members over the years as well as share their own memories of Bone.

Current girl guides modeled uniforms from throughout its 100-year history.

Speakers at the event included representatives from the District of Lillooet, the local girl guides and leaders, and the larger Guides organization.

"I am very thankful to Christine for all of her wisdom that she has given to all of the girls over the years," said Coun. Carmen Pallot.

Pallot was one of those girls herself. In her childhood and university days, Pallot was a girl guide and later a leader under the guidance of Bone.

Anne Cameron and Mary Lester, representing the Guides of the Thompson-Nicola area, gave Bone her 50-year pin, with which she promptly replaced her 45-year pin.

Heather Smith, the Guides commissioner for Lillooet, recounted Bone's service record.

Bone was a girl guide for four years as a child. On Sept. 1, 1949, she took on her first leadership role in the organization as "tawny owl" for the Guides' Southern Vancouver Island area.

In Lillooet, she served as tawny owl of the local brownie unit, starting exactly a year later, on Sept. 1, 1950, and remained in that post until 1952.

Bone's involvement with the Guides lapsed then, but she returned to the Lillooet brownie unit as tawny owl in 1964. She has been part of the local leadership ever since.

Bone made a short speech near the end of the tea. She said the event was totally unexpected on her part.

"All I'm going to say is thank you, everyone. I'm thrilled," said Bone.

Bone told the crowd that she told the girl guides that she did not want to celebrate her 50th year of service.

She said she was surprised to discover the girl guides' had ignored her request when she saw their plans advertised in the News.

"They did this without my knowledge until I saw it in the paper."

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